The Wichita Chamber Chorale is an auditioned choir of approximately 16 men and 16 women, recognized as the premier adult choral ensemble of Wichita and the surrounding region. Dr Mark Bartel is the Artistic Director and Conductor.
Kansas-born Composer Kirke Mechem and the Kansas Choral Composition Prize
Well-known composer and Wichita native Kirke Mechem will serve as an honorary advisor for the Wichita Chamber Chorale’s Kansas Choral Composition Prize. Born August 16, 1925, Mechem was raised in Wichita and Topeka. Following military service in the Second World War, he enrolled at Stanford University as an English major, where his interest in composition was piqued during a harmony course, and he changed his major to music. After completing a graduate degree at Harvard University, Mecham’s career has taken him to Stanford, Vienna, and then finally to San Francisco where he lives today. He currently serves as composer-in-residence at the University of San Francisco and has been a regular guest composer and conductor throughout the country.While Mechem’s works have covered almost every genre, his most notable are for voice and choir, and he has been called the “dean of American choral composers”. One of his most widely performed works is his three-act opera Tartuffe. Rooted in Kansas history, the opera John Brown was premiered in 2008 by Lyric Opera Kansas City. His anthem Christmas the Morn will be performed at the Wichita Chamber Chorale Sounding Joy concerts in December.
Choral Classics – One Out of Many
Sunday, April 2, 4:00 pm (one concert only)
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s)
430 N Broadway St, Wichita, KS
The Wichita Chamber Chorale and guest high school choirs will celebrate unity amidst diversity in a cappella masterworks of the Roman Catholic tradition. The rarely performed apex of Renaissance polyphony, Thomas Tallis, “Spem in Alium,” for five choirs will be coupled with the gracious Romantic tour de force, Joseph Rheinberger’s Mass in E-flat for double choir. Gregorian chant will be woven through the evening, which will also feature works in Spanish by contemporary Latin American composers.
Tickets are available online at » BUY TICKETS ONLINE (Credit card or PayPal); in person at Senseney Music, 2300 E Lincoln, Wichita; by mail to the WCC, PO Box 20744, Wichita 67208; or at the door.
Kansas Choral Composition Prize
WCC is now in the submission review process of Kansas Choral Composition Prize. The winning selection will be performed during our 2017-2018 season. .